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Comic Book Review – Crosswind Vol. 1

Crosswind is an Image series written by Gail Simone, drawn by Cat Staggs, with letters from Simon Bowland.  The blurb at Image’s site describes it as “Goodfellas meets Freaky Friday” and it’s an apt description.  What happens if a Chicago hitman and a suburban housewife switch bodies?  Under Gail’s pen, you get vulgar, action-filled fun.

Cason, the brutal mobster, has to clean up a mistake made by his boss’s son, while Juniper has to get a meal ready for her husband’s boss while navigating abuse from all sides.  It’s bad enough BEFORE they get zapped into each other’s bodies, and have to regroup on the fly.

Gail Simone is one of my favorite follows on Twitter, and her trademark wit is well used here.  Cat Staggs’s art has an almost rotoscoped-realism to it, and I particularly love how she captured different mannerisms for Cason and Juniper after the swap.

Crosswind is definitely worth a read if you like any of the above.  Check it out on Amazon/Comixology.

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Comic Book Review – Red Sonja: Queen of the Plagues

I’m the first to admit this isn’t my normal cup of tea – but I respect Gail Simone as a writer, and she’s a hilarious follow on Twitter, so when I saw this on NetGalley, it was a no-brainer.  The art by Walter Geovani fits the sword and sorcery style very well, and some of the alternate covers in this particular collection are great.

The story covers Sonja trying to help the one man she respects defend his plague-ravaged kingdom against a staggering invasion force.  Interspersed are bits of Sonja’s backstory, rising up from a slave pit, wrecking everyone in her path in gladiator duels and, with apologies to Kerrigan, being queen bitch of the universe.  There is blood, poison, betrayal and death.

Look, if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if a strong female writer took on the hot barbarian woman trope, check out Red Sonja.  Individual issues are out at your local store, or pick up this trade, with issues 1-6, a bunch of awesome covers from female artists, and the script for issue 1.